Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Remembering medical/scientific word part -aceae, -acea

The goal of Struggling Student's Memory Guide is to develop ways to use associations and mnemonics instead of rote memorization in school. to quickly remember useful educational information for a lifetime.

These medical word parts and their memory story have been taken from High Speed Memory Techniques for Medical Terminology.

-acea from L. -acea, means "classes or orders of animals". [Crustacea, lit. crusty animals class, Testacea, lit. shelled animal class]

-aceae from L. -aceae, means "orders of families of plants". [Bacteriodaceae, lit. looks like a staff or club plant family, Gymnoascaceae, lit. naked bladder planat family]

reddish brown emboldened words are medical terms that should be looked up in a dictionary for their figurative meanings.

Memory story: While out in the garden your patient named Ace ate a plant and now he's hallucinating. He believes he is turning into various jungle beasts and is repeatedly describing the hallucination to you as if he were Tarzan. "Ace ate (-aceae) plant. Ace a (-acea) animal now. Ace ate plant. Ace a...." (This memory story uses short logically arranged sentences which require some repetition. It is alway best to keep sentences under four or five words whenever possible because oral information has to be drilled by our short-term memory. Try as we may we can't eliminate rote completely.)

When we do -asis in a few weeks I will post a way I've developed for remembering the intangible meanings of many suffixes using acronyms. Until then let me include this little tidbit that should be posted here even though it isn't really a medical or scientific word ending. Word ending -aceous found in the common terms herbaceous or crustaceous means "belongs to, like, nature of."

So if you're so inclined, add this little phrase on to the end of the memory story above. "Ace's house (-aceous) belong to LioN (like, nature of) now."

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